Hans Bellmer's 'The Songs Of Maldoror And The Erotic Series' At Galerie Anais (Photos)

03/29/2011 04:29 am ET | Updated May 28, 2011

Hans Bellmer was one of the poster-boys of the 'Degenerate Artists' who the Nazis denounced and effectively expelled from Germany in the 1930s. The painter/photographer/dollmaker was best-known for his sexualized images of pubescent girls, and much of his other work was also erotic. A recent exhibition in Santa Monica is no exception, documenting a libido so strong that it saw writhing bodies in ordinary faces and everyday scenes. With little more than lines to work with, Bellmer revealed himself to be a profoundly talented draftsman as well as an imaginative and horny old man. The drypoint engravings that hang at Galerie Anais are based on 'The Songs of Maldoror,' a long poem by Comte de Lautréamont written fifty years before the Surrealists but adopted as their own, and Bellmer's interpretations leave little doubt that the work was ripe for 20th-century reinterpretation.

Hans Bellmer, The Songs of Maldoror and the Erotic Series, Galerie Anais, 2525 Michigan Ave, D2
Santa Monica, CA 90404, through March 31

Hans Bellmer's The Songs of Maldoror and Erotic Series at Galerie Anais
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